What is the reason for placing calcium in the spinal cord?

Q. Can a vertebroplasty help in lifting the collapsed vertebrae?

Answered by
Dr. Anuj Nigam
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 30, 2023 and last reviewed on: Oct 10, 2023

Hello doctor,

My 65-year-old grandmother has had migraines for the past three years and is on medications. She is admitted to the hospital, and the doctor advises her to perform a procedure where calcium will be inserted via the spinal cord. Can this treatment be performed on a 65-year-old person? Kindly explain this procedure and its associated risks.



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I understand your concern. In an osteoporotic spine fracture, the backbone is weak, and it becomes difficult to bear the body weight causing severe back pain. In such cases, vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty procedures are performed in which the bone is refilled with bone cement (artificial calcium) with injections surgically. This helps to lift the collapsed vertebra and to gain more strength in the backbone region. It can be performed on a 65-year-old person. I hope this helps you.

Thank you.

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